Crisis as Judiciary reorganize Khadi’s Court to meet demand among biting shortage
NAIROBI—The Judiciary has reorganized the Kadhi courts to increase efficiency in service delivery. The move has resulted in 24 Kadhis being transferred to different stations across the country to offer judicial services in the Kadhi courts. The Kadhis are expected to report to their new stations on June 5, 2023.
However, the transfers have left three stations: Vihiga, Busia, and Homa Bay, unattended because of few cases due to Muslims’ failure to adequately utilize them.
Earlier, Migori, Thika, Murang’a, Kitui, and Faza stations were closed down due to shortages of Kadhis.
Speaking to the Friday Bulletin, the Deputy Chief Kadhi, Sheikh Sukyan Hassan Omar, called on the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) to address the shortage of Kadhis to improve service delivery and help reduce the backlog of cases in the Kadhi courts.
Sheikh Sukyan said that unless the JSC addresses the Kadhis’ shortages, there is a high possibility of more Kadhis’ courts being closed down, especially those that are under-utilized with few cases.
The Deputy Chief Kadhi encouraged Muslims to fulfill their obligations and use Kadhi’s Court in the arbitration of family matters, stating that it is their constitutional right to be served by the Kadhi’s courts in matters of marriage, divorce, inheritance matters, and personal status.
In the transfer list, the Senior principal Kadhi, Sheikh Kassim Ratori, who has been based in Kakamega, has been moved to Kisumu. Senior Principal Kadhi Sheikh Juma Tsanuo, who has been Nakuru Kadhi, has been transferred to Kwale, with another Senior Principal Kadhi, Sheikh Juma Abdalla, moved from Mariakani to Malindi.
Another Senior Principal Kadhi, Sheikh Muhammad Abdillahi, who was Voi Kadhi, has been moved to Hola. Nyeri Senior Principal Kadhi Sheikh Said Bedzenga has been transferred to Dadaab, with the outgoing Kisumu Principal Kadhi Sheikh Abdulaziz Kunyuk Tito taking up the position in Nakuru.
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Sheikh Abdiaziz Muhammad, who has been the Modogashe Kadhi, has been moved to Mombasa, with Sheikh Ali Dida, who was the presiding Kadhi in Moyale, being transferred to Garissa.
Sheikh Adan Galgalo, the presiding Kadhi in Garbatulla, has been transferred to Moyale, with Sheikh Ally Wayu Bakari, who was serving as the Kericho Kadhi, taking up the position in Kakamega.
The transfers have also seen Sheikh Adan Tullu, who was in Marsabit, being transferred to Garbatulla, while Dogo Sheikh Dabaso, who was the resident Kadhi of Garissa, takes up the position in Merti.
Sheikh Muktar Billow Salat, who was the Deputy Registrar Kadhis Court, is the new Kadhi for Kibra in Nairobi, with Sheikh Abduljabar Ishaq, who has been Principal Kadhi in Kibra, being appointed to the position of Deputy Registrar at Kadhis court.
Merti resident Kadhi Mustafa Shunu has been transferred to a new station in Marsabit, with Vihiga Senior resident Kadhi Sheikh Gavana Awadh Muhammad being moved to Isiolo.
Busia Kadhi Sheikh Idris Nyaboga Nyamagosa has been transferred to Kericho, while Homa Bay Senior resident Kadhi Sheikh
Jamal Opacha Imodo has been moved to Kwale. Kwale Principal Kadhi Salim Mwaito has been transferred to Mariakani, with Dadaab Kadhi Sheikh Fahad Muhammad being transferred to Modogashe.
The long serving Garsen Kadhi Sheikh Mursal Sizi has been transferred to Lamu while Sheikh Salim Mwidadi who has been serving
in Hola being moved to Kitui. Kitui Kadhi Sheikh Masud Mvundi has been moved to Voi with Sheikh Swaleh Ali who has been serving as Lamu Kadhi being transferred to Garsen in Tana River.